Conservative writer Kevin D. Williamson is expected to be in a future issue of National Review, signaling a return to his old employer after his controversial termination from The Atlantic.
Williamson will have a two-column piece on labor mobility, according to a rough outline of the May 28 issue seen exclusively by The Daily Caller News Foundation. The number of words has not yet been finalized, possibly meaning Williamson may not have yet completed the piece.
The outline is no guarantee of Williamson’s inclusion in the upcoming issue and one or two articles are routinely held for the future, a National Review insider explained to TheDCNF.
Still, Williamson’s name on the article pipeline confirms what other National Review insiders have told TheDCNF: Williamson may soon return as a full-time writer for the legacy conservative magazine.
Williamson left National Review at the end of March for a stint as a staff writer for The Atlantic. After writing only one piece on the contemporary libertarian movement, he was fired in a public controversy after left-wing activists found old tweets and podcasts where he seemingly suggested women deserve capital punishment for getting abortions.
After he and his supporters insisted many were misinterpreting his comments, Williamson clarified his position in a column for The Washington Post where he explained his general opposition to capital punishment.
In an essay for The Wall Street Journal, Williamson defended himself and criticized the magazine’s handling of the situation.
“Whatever you think of my views on this issue, I’d suggest that they’re more interesting than hearing someone repeat the same shopworn talking points on capital punishment for the thousandth time. The editors of The Atlantic thought so, too, until the mob started doing their thinking for them,” he wrote.
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